After deciding to run for Congress because she believed her Republican Congressman wasn’t conservative enough, even though he was co-chair of the Colorado Trump Campaign, Lauren Boebert is now saying she’s not as far right as the media is portraying her.
“It is amazing how the media will let people describe you as far-right,” KCOL radio host Jimmy Lakey told Boebert yesterday. “And yet let [Boebert’s Democratic opponent] self-describe as an independent when the facts on the table show she is anything but independent. And by my definition, you’re anything but far-right.”
“Exactly. It’s incredible,” replied Boebert on air. “And, you know, I don’t know what’s extreme about standing for the Constitution of the United States, getting back to the roots that we were founded on, loving people and showing them compassion and creating opportunities for them.”
In fact, Boebert advocates for a right-wing agenda that in some cases goes beyond Trump’s. This includes her stances on mask-wearing (strictly optional), climate change (a narrative that allows the government to make money), abortion (Ban it.), Obamacare (Repeal it.), immigration (against immigrant farm labor), QAnon (followed multiple QAnon channels but says she’s not a follower), and more.
Boebert’s attempt to portray herself as more centrist comes after Russell George, a former Republican Speaker of the House in Colorado, published an opinion piece in the Grand Junction Sentinel endorsing Boebert’s Democratic opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush.
Bush “knows what it means to put people above their party because she has done it before,” according to Russell, who lives in Boebert’s home town of Rifle.
Boebert’s office did not return an email seeking to know a specific issue on which Boebert’s stance would not be characterized as far right and why the media should not portray her as far-right.
Boebert criticized her Republican primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, for not fighting for conservatives in Congress, saying “There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country right now. And I am running to be the one that steps up for conservative values.”
Boebert faces Mitsch Bush in the congressional district spanning southern and western Colorado.